Film Series: Green Streets
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Presentation of Green Streets
followed by Q&A with acclaimed filmmaker Sophie Constantinou &
Panelists: Entrepreneur Tyrone Mullins, Urban Strategy's David Mauroff,
Rohit Malhotra with Center for Civic Innovation, and
Meaghan Shannon-Vikovic, Enterpise Community Partners
Can inner-city entrepreneurship save the American Dream?
Please join us for a cinematic celebration of urban innovation.
Green Streets follows 29-year-old entrepreneur Tyrone Mullins and his friends as they find opportunity in an unlikely place: the trash of their distressed low-income community. This special film screening and discussion event invites the audience to consider how the American Dream can take hold in our most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
This film will be followed by a conversation with Mullins, filmmaker Sophie Constantinou and some of Atlanta most forward-thinking urban innovators and entrepreneurs.
Green Streets is a production of Citizen Film.
Sophie Constantinou | @citizensophie
Sophie is co-founder and director of Citizen Film, a not-for-profit production company established in 2002, dedicated to collaboration with civic and educational institutions to create documentary films and multimedia projects that foster constructive engagement in cultural and civic life. For years, Sophie’s work has earned acclaim for tackling complex, place-based issues with artistry and sensitivity. Her work with Green Streets is the first documentary project ever to receive a prestigious ArtPlace America grant for art that helps “strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.” Sophie also co-directed the first new-media project ever to receive a Cal Humanities grant: www.lunchlovecommunity.org, a mosaic of shorts engaging local food-producers, educators, parents and public officials in the movement for free, universal, locally-produced organic lunch in public schools.
In addition to her community-engagement projects, Sophie shoots traditional documentaries for PBS and HBO. Her cinematography credits include KQED’s Emmy-Award Winning “Home Front; PBS/POV’s award-winning “Maquilapolis”; and HBO’s “Unchained Memories” and the upcoming “Regarding Susan Sontag.”
At 27, Tyrone used his entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic to turn trash into cash. At 29, he’s still the mainstay of a growing business that reduces the waste-management bills for properties it serves by nearly 40%. In three San Francisco communities, Green Streets has increased recycling rates from near 0% to over 60%, employing 12 formerly incarcerated workers.
Growing up in SF’s Western Addition, Tyrone faced typical obstacles: trouble at home, in school and on the streets, and finally prison. He now has a stable home and many accomplishments, including an Ashoka Changemakers Emerging Innovator award; a fellowship from Stanford University’s Project Remade; and a “Champions of Change” award from the White House. He also remains committed to improving his community beyond waste-management. He facilitates ManAlive violence prevention workshops in his neighborhood and is a certified Roots of Success instructor, preparing troubled neighborhood youth for environmental careers. Tyrone sees these activities as complimentary to his goal of involving low-income people in waste-reduction, creating a safe and healthy environment, and giving hope for a better future.
David Mauroff is the Director of Social Enterprise at Urban Strategies and supports the growth and development of Green Streets. He also provides public safety and resident support services assistance to the McCormack Baron portfolio.
Meaghan Shannon-Vlkovic is Vice President and Market Leader for Enterprise Community Partners Southeast. She leads Enterprise's programmatic work in the region, focused on providing an array of resources to affordable housing and community development partners. This includes strategic planning and capacity building assistance for preservation, new production and transit-oriented development opportunities. Prior to joining the Southeast office in 2010, Meaghan coordinated residential development at Monadnock Construction in Brooklyn, NY. Previously, Meaghan was the Executive Director of Aquinas Housing Corporation, a Bronx nonprofit organization involved in the rebuilding and management of 1,200 units of affordable housing.
Rohit Malhotra is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Civic Innovation in Atlanta, his hometown. His background is in social entrepreneurship, digital communications, and community organizing. Most recently, he served as an Ash Innovation Fellow in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Rohit earned his B.A. from Emory University and Master in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The Center for Civic Innovation aims to strengthen cities through entrepreneurial solutions. CCI connects struggling local government agencies and nonprofits with entrepreneurs through pay for outcome contracts in a process called Civic Labs. In addition, CCI provides a physical space for conversations around community issues and facilitates participation in local decision-making. CCI hosts business development classes, mentorship matches, and access to capital for people with ideas, products, and services that improve the local community.